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throughout tonight. this evening, in my view, romney needs to put obama on defense right at the beginning, take him to the cleaners, right out of the gate, no wasted time, do what john mccain did not get down four years ago. i hate to say that. this is a choice between tax cuts and tax hikes. you need to make that case. now i want to hear from our panelists in the kudlow caucus. former clinton white house aide, keith boykin. rick lazio, former republican congressman from new york. rick lazio, i begin with you, good evening to you. >> hello, larry. >> this is a gigantic audience, the key issue of our time is still the economy and jobs. so far mitt romney has not been able to make the sale. that's what the polls show. that's why this thing is close. why hasn't he and what's he going to do tonight differently than he's done in the past. >> i think he's going to make the contrast with president obama, why expanding the pie is in the national interest. not redistributing an ever slowing economy but expanding the pie so everybody gets a job that wants a job, people's salaries are rising. i thin
romney on your left, president obama on your right. the first question tonight, john, goes to barack obama. >> well, will they have a chance to mix it up and rebutt each other in a free-flowing way. >> organizers hope to have a flee-flowing discussion. this is the kind discussion we like to see because it allows the two candidates to discuss it amongst themselves. if there are questions about each other's plans, they can directly ask each other that. we have not seen that in this campaign and we'll see it tonight. >> you said the economy will likely be the big subject in the debate tonight. we have new polling to give a sense of what voters are saying about this right now. >> it is, john. no surprise, people are very downtrodden about the economy. let's look at the new cnn poll just released coming on the air. it shows that 73% of americans believe that there is poor economic conditions right now. only 27% believe it is good. john, you have to ask yourself, who is that 27% who thinks that the economy right now is doing well. >> and we have been talking about this all week, who do vot
, but they can hurt you and mitt romney will be looking to do damage to president obama tonight. meantime, in swing state, colorado, debates are coming down to the last minute for everybody. the candidates and those who will be running the show. for more, we go live to danielle nottingham. >> as you mentioned, both candidates are trying to avoid any major mistakes tonight. and it will be all about the economy tonight. the first three segments will be devoted to that topic. president obama will make his case for another four years to fix the comply and mitt romney will argue it's time for a change. when mitt romney and president obama meet on this stage for their first debate, more than 50 million viewers are expected to tune in. greg wayland is an important member of that audience. he's an undecided voter. >> i think they are talking directly to me. >> wayland's top issue, the economy. >> that's going to be the thing for me. someone that comes forward with a cohesive plan for america and where america fits into that. that's what swings me the other way. >> both candidates spent hours
" with willie geist is next. >>> tonight's the night, president obama, mitt romney will stand together on the same stage for the first time in this long campaign as they debate in denver. the question is, can either candidate move the meter with a big piece of the country tuning in or are we asking too much of a single debate? we'll find out tonight. >>> a battle of dualing videos from the vault. president obama in 2007 telling an audience of african-american ministers that the federal government didn't care as much about katrina victims than it does other disasters. and paul ryan declaring that 70% of the americans want the american dream. the others want the welfare state. the question is do either of these impact the way voters view these two men? >>> and some
obama and mitt romney prepare for tonight's crucial debate, our brand new poll numbers show where they stand. >>> midair mess. another incident of loose seats on an american airlines flight and now the company says it knows why. >>> and shock value. daredevil magician david blaine goes high voltage in his latest stunt. good morning, everyone, i'm lynn berry. those stories and more straight ahead. this is "first look" on msnbc. >>> and we're going to begin this morning with high stakes debate. all eyes turned to denver for tonight's first presidential debate of the 2012 race. and a new nbc/"wall street journal" poll finds president obama is hold on to his national lead. but not by very much. 49% of likely voters favor the president. while 46% prefer mitt romney. that's only a 3% edge for obama which is within the survey's margin of error. but when it comes to a pool of registered voter, the president widens his lead over romney by 7 points, 51% to 44%. now a national survey says the nation is headed into the right direction. both candidates took a break from their debate prep on tu
>>> face to face. president obama and mitt romney are set to square off tonight in the first of three debates before the presidential election. >>> attack investigation. lawmakers are raising questions about security at the u.s. consulate in benghazi and whether the death of ambassador chris stevens and three others could have been prevented. >>> bullying backlash. a television anchor responds to a viewer who criticizes her for being overweight. >> attacks like this are not okay. >> this is the "cbs morning news" for wednesday, october 3, 2012. good morning. good to be with you. i'm terrell brown. round one tonight. this evening president obama and mitt romney face off in the first of three scheduled debates. the topic tonight in denver domestic affairs including the economy, health care reform and immigration and the clock is ticking. the election is less than five weeks away and the stakes are high. susan mcginnis is in washington. good morning to you? >> reporter: first debates get the most attention of all of them and the first 30 minutes are said to be the most important
brown. round one tonight. this evening president obama and mitt romney face off in the first of three scheduled debates. the topic tonight in denver domestic affairs including the economy, health care reform and imgrmigration and the clock is ticking. the election is less than five weeks away and the stakes are high. susan mcginnis is in washington. >> reporter: first debates get the most attention of all of them and the first 30 minutes are said to be the most important. president obama needs to hold on to the momentum he's built. mitt romney needs to turn the entire race around with tens of millions of people watching tonight. the stage is built. the cameras are in place. and the candidates are in their final hours of preparation. mitt romney took a break from his rehearsal to grab a burrito bowl at chipotle. president obama visited hoover dam. when we arrive at the university of denver tonight they will face questions about the economy. there will be six segments 15 minutes each and the first three are devoted entirely to the economy. >> i want to repeal obama care and replace it w
painted by team obama. tonight is his chance, particularly on domestic issues, because that what we'll focus on, to make the case for his argument that barack obama has not gotten it down and how he would. the format tonight might help him do that. bill: let's talk about the rules. you have got six 15-minute segments. the economy, healthcare and a segment on the role of government in governing. each man gets 2 minutes and then there is a rebuttal. megyn: jim lehrer of pbs will be moderating. they devote the rest of the 15-minute block to a discussion. so hopefully there will be a chance to press the candidates for followup, or real answers if they try to dodge. because you know and our viewers know having watched 25 presidential debates during the primaries, they all do it. they dodge. they hear this is a question on jobs. what's my policy on jobs, this what is i'm going to say without necessarily answering the question asked. hopefully the mat, the discussion after the initial response will give us a chance to hear real answers. having studies up on these debates it seems like the
at the republican administration in power before president obama. >>> well, tonight's debate between the president and governor romney of course is going to focus on domestic issues. we asked on facebook which topics do you hope the candidates will address. niki wade writes how they propose changing social security. emily moon writes, the economy and job creation. and mark wrighter asks where are we paying almost $4 a gallon for gasoline. we'll be keeping track to see if the candidates address any of these issues and if what they say passes muster. this is your no bull zone. we're teaming up with "u.s.a. today" reporters to bring you just the facts in tonight's debate. >>> it's live beginning at 9:00 p.m. on wusa9.com. we will be fact checking as we said what the candidates say. we will also live stream the debate on our website. and then you can watch 9news now at 11:00 for the most comprehensive and accurate debate coverage. >>> occupy protesters say they will, quote, stick it to the banks today. they're upset with banks foreclosing on homes. organizers held a protest this morning outside the ba
>>> on our broadcast tonight, the showdown in denver. president obama and mitt romney tonight on the same stage for the first time. and our political team is on the ground. >>> smoke alarm. after seeing tonight's report, you may be prompted to check and see which type smoke detector you have because our nbc news investigation has found many may not work fast enough when every cond counts. >>> plus, field of dreams. not a dry eye in the house as a young man with big dreams gets a second chance in the big leagues. "nightly news" begins now. >>> from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news" with brian williams. >>> good evening. before too long now, before the end of the evening, we will know how each man did, we will know if anything happens tonight that will fundamentally change the course of this race. we already know that all this debate expectations management you've been hearing is just that. these two men, president barack obama and governor mitt romney, have four ivy league degrees between them and 50 debates between them, though none together a
voters expect president obama to be tonight's big winner. 56% of likely voters out there think the president will do a better job in the debates. only 32% say mitt romney will do a better job. that low number may be mitt romney's big opportunity though. let's discuss with our chief political analyst gloria borger. are these debates, gloria, always harder for incumbents? >> i think it is. you look at the expectation game. people understand that president obama is a great speaker, they've seen him do other debates in the past. and they kind of remember them and think he's the sitting president, he'll do a better job. so he's got expectations running against him. then the other thing for the challenger is remember, wolf, this is really the first time that mitt romney and barack obama will be at the same level. so just by showing up to a certain degree mitt romney gets elevated standing on the same stage with the president. and here's another thing about the president, he has to defend his record without seeming to be defensive about it. and that's, you know, that's not an easy thi
of focusing solely on tonight's denver the obama campaign is doing damage control even though the vice president changed had. some of the harm done once to the strong middle class republicans are taking the comments and running with it. >> vice president biden just today said that the middle class over the last four years have been quote buried. we agree. stop digging bile electing mitt romney the next president of the united states. >>> the obama campaign is calling that an out of context attack. the numbers they say mr. biden buried line including that that reflect high unemployment rising debt and smaller paychecks over the last four years. >> newt gingrich is talking about. >> newt beginnihe went on the r what he has to do. >>> it is a clear-cut situation. romney has to be clear and factual and stick to his grounds. he has to recognize he's up against the incumbent president of the united states. rom hee will t romney will try r call him. romney is going to have to communicate past layer and past obama to reach the american people. if he does that i think he could have a very good
tonight, obama's other race speech. they also had in there the accent earthquake the anger, the accusations. they were flogging this thing from 3 p.m. on until it was finally released at 9 p.m. major flop. and let's remember, that this is not the first time that conservative media outlets have overhyped a video that turned out ton no big deal and totally flopped. we had the huggate incident, where the president shockingly hugged a professor at his law school at the time that he was there. we had him saying the apparently horrific dirty word, redistribution and we also have now, interestingly, 1 million copies of this anti-obama conspiracy theory documentary, "dreams from obama's real father" that have been sent out around ohio. and i think, frankly, that there is a significant chunk of the right-wing that is living in an alternate universe in which if the truth about the president really got out and if the mainstream media would just focus on the questions around his place of birth and his secret ideology, there's no way he could be reelected president. you know, i think th
to remind him that this was about the president, o for obama. tonight, obviously, for the first time, he probably wouldn't need to write that down, he will be standing across from him. >> the first time they have been face to face. chuck todd said today, in five years, incredible in itself. add high-profile photo on yesterd -- photo op at chipotle, trying to relax with people in the area. i'm curious the strategy after debate, where all right governor go after the debate is all said and done in colorado today? >> the last face-to-face meeting, as chuck said you five years ago. wasn't since 2004 that the two actually delivered speeches kind of side by side, at a gridiron dinner in washington, d.c. that's white tie event. not really any politics involved there. they have never had a moment like this personal relationship together, going forward to try to couch this as a victory, the romney campaign has events scheduled for thursday in virginia. romney will be standing side by side with a man who helped energize his campaign, paul ryan? >> thank you very much, peter, president obama on his
. for complete debate wrap up, abc 7 news at 0:00 tonight. >> -- at 11:00. >> today marks president obama's wedding anniversary. the first lady will be in the audience tonight in denver. they will hold a delayed anniversary celebration on saturday. the presidential campaign asking supporters designed an electronic anniversary card. >> the nationals will take on the phillies in less than an hour in the last game of the regular season. >> the season went so fast. jummy olabanji is live at nationals park with the latest. >> good afternoon. even before the gates opened, plenty of fans were waiting to come into the park so many people excited about this last game of the regular season. one of the people even more excited than the fans is part of the ownership team. what does it mean for you and the rest of the ownership team to have the nationals headed to the post-season? >> it's a dream come true. we have worked very hard since we got the team to get where we are now. we the fans can be very proud. >> what did you feel about this season? did you think this could happen? >> things were not so
obama and mitt romney head to the podium in denver tonight for round one of the debates. expect plenty of heated conversation on the economy. out of six 15-minute segments, 3 will focus on the nation's finances. the economy remains a top issue for voters. and many americans are anticipating a victory from the president. pew research reports 51% of voters say they think obama will win in tonight's broadcast. an analyst with the sunlight foundation tells first business that the pressure is on for the romney campaign. "in the polls it looks like romney is falling behind and falling further behind in the battleground states. although nationally it's a very close election, he's been hammered in the battleground states. the debates can be a great equalizer for him, but also that increases the pressure on him, whereas i think we are going to see barack obama playing a lot more defense." that was bill allison of the sunlight foundation. at long last, a wall street firm is being sued for fraud in connection with the housing crash. the suit was filed monday by the new york attorney general. the
the debate. a cnn poll averaged 7 recent surveys and overall, president obama had 49 to 45%. well, tonight's debate, will it make a difference among the voters? craig bosswell is live in denver with more now. craig. >> reporter: good evening to you. three hours and counting until the main event here. the first presidential debate of the 2012 campaign. the first question will go to president obama and that is followed by two-minute answers on the topic and the 15 minutes and there will be a discussion about that topic. this debate is divided up into three 15-minute segments. the economy, roll on government and leadership style. the pressure is certainly on, on mitt romney to perform and is a must-win situation. on the flip side of that for presume a it's a must not lose situation as well and here we are a month away from the election and the stakes are high here tonight, even though both campaigns tend to downplay the expectations. make no mistake, the pressure is on, brian. >> are you getting a sense from puppedits that mitt romney has the experience and that perhaps president obama has a
me. everything planned right down to the minute tonight. president obama will enter from the right. the governor from massachusetts, governor romney entering from the left. to give you an idea of the setting here, about 1,000 people inside this debate hall, when it starts. look behind the cameras tonight. we're inside a hockey arena that normally seats 8,000 but they've created this intimate setting as tens of millions watch from their living rooms tonight. when president obama and mitt romney walk onto that stage tonight, it will be the first time they've met face to face in four years. last time, during the presidential race in 2008, during those back-to-back democratic and republican presidential debates during the primaries when candidates from both sides were called on the stage, it was senator obama and governor romney talking. the president congratulated romney when he clinched the republican nomination and this moment in 2007, a labor day parade in 2007. >> good luck to you today. >> reporter: but tonight, they will shake hands in front of millions watching, before debating
? dagen: thank you nicole. connell: finally tonight is the night. president obama and mitt romney will square off in their first presidential debate. dagen: peter barnes is in denver where the opponents will go toe-to-toe. hey peter. peter: hey dagen and connell. listen, mitt romney hopes these depates will help -- debates will help him overtake president obama and pull ahead here and use these debates to try to close the race with the american people. the new poll shows the race tightening, 49% for obama, 46% for romney, among likely voters, within the margin of error. there's a lot of debate over whether these debates can make a difference in these elections. looking in history, they have in in the past. in 1960 they helped john kennedy overtake richard nixon. 1980 helped reagan over take carter. 2000 helped bush overtake gore. romney was behind in 02 race for governor in massachusetts, he was trailing badly six weeks before the election. the campaign reorganized, romney pulled his advisors together. they decided on a new strategy which was to get tough and get specific and romn
're back with a live look at the stage in denver where president obama and mitt romney will debate tonight. on the day of the big debate, the gop's todd akin problem just got worse. akin is, of course, the missouri senate candidate who six weeks ago set off a huge controversy with an absurd legitimate rape comment. now slate magazine uncovered video of the congressman giving a speech on the house floor from 2008. in it, he slams abortion doctors as terrorists, saying that they sometimes perform abortions on women who are, quote, actually not pregnant. how's that even possible? but listen to what else akin said about abortion? >> and yet just as slavery is fundamentally unamerican, so even more so, anything that violates the most fundamental right, the right to life. >> he's comparing slavery to a medical procedure. it's another reminder from todd akin about the war on women waged by his party. just this week we saw him caught on tape saying it's okay for a woman to be paid less than a man for the same work and saying his opponent, claire mccaskill, was more lady like in 2006. but somehow r
to be dropped on the 2012 race for the white house because tonight you will hear from barack obama like you have never heard from him before. this is a journalist that has been tried to hide for years, a glimpse into the mind of the real barack obama. >> a bombshell. a glimpse into the mind of the real barack obama. oh, sounds shocking. so what did they have? a five-year-old speech open ohhed to the opened to the public and widely covered during the 2008 campaign but this caller had a bizarre explanation why old news was suddenly new news. >> people say, this has already been reported. actually, it hasn't been reported and i know because i reported on it the first time. >> he knows it hasn't been reported because he reported on it. okay, roger. roger that. it shows just how desperate the right wing is and today conservative websites jumped on board, going back to their old playbook and dredging up their most offensive rhetoric to attack the president and they've embarrassed themselves with this latest attempt to cook up an october surprise. joining me now is james peterson, professional professo
and fundraisers, president obama and governor romney tonight finally square off face-to-face. >> the president will talk about we need to continue to build the economy from the middle class out and things like education and manufacturing. >> governor romney's focus is talking directly to the voters about what his plans are to strengthen the middle class and get this economy back on track. >> shepard: and with millions of undecided voters still out there, the stakes could not be higher. tonight, the home stretch in the race for the white house. plus, it's not just the candidates who are in the hot seats. a closer look at debate moderators and why the pressure is more intense than ever before. and good evening from the university of denver where we are just two hours away from an historic and high stakes showdown. president obama and governor mitt romney facing off here in their first debate. with less than five weeks to go until election day, a live look now at the stage here in denver. analysts say both men have a lot of on the line tonight. the president trying to hang on to what is a slim le
. and gordon has a look ahead at 6:00. >> tonight, president obama and mitt romney prepare for the first debate of this campaign. coming up at 6:00 a look at what to and expect when they are -- what to expect tonight. and the thieves in a rash of burglaries are taking some things he might not expect. >> thank you. coming up tonight, the presidential debates. and then deciding what to do after she gets fired from the car dealership. >> this was not such a horrible place to come to every day. bye. dibs on her desk. >> "the middle" is on at 8:00, with abc 7 news at 11:00. >> we will be getting cold here weatherwise, that is for sure. >> august like weather. >> let's get a start over at washington lee high school. some breaks in the overcast should make for a very pretty sunset.81 in frederick. 82 degrees in manassas. as we go through the evening hours, more cloudiness. light showers, sprinkled with some fog overnight. for the overnight hours we will call it mostly cloudy, patchy fog, 64 to 69 degrees, and then tomorrow muggy again. near 80 degrees 81 on friday, and partly sunny on saturday. but
: tonight the economy takes center stage as mitt romney and barack obama face the states. they are here for our debate warm-up. is from the getting more specific about the tax plan? we think so. we have the details. welcome to "the willis report." hello, everybody. i'm gerri willis. tonight is the night. obama versus romney. this same stage. the expectations are sky-high. it seems like all obama had to do is show up. with more on this neil cavuto from denver. can romney meet these expectations? >> they are high expectations. the pressure is on him because of these polls. i often think that a lot is put on the challenger. sometimes he can benefit by showing up and sharing the stage with the president of the united states. already on equal footing with him in that respect. he does have the advantage of a dicey economy going forward. the president's supporters say it is not as it had been, and there is some economic news today that portends may be the worst is behind it. but i agree with that. if you want to be in game changer this is the night. and no one doubts the earlier point. he has
way above this, fellas. >> two things would be game changers tonight. if suddenly barack obama says you're likeable enough, mitt, or if mitt romney says i'll bet you $10,000 that you're wrong on that, you know, it's interesting, joe. i somewhat disagree with mark. i looked at debates from 1960 on. what is really remarkable is how little they changed things. they have little impact. in 2004 everybody said john kerry got the best of those. >> he was up after the first one. >> no, he was not. i've got the data right here. the only debate where there was any movement beyond two or three points from the start of the debates till the end was 1976. jerry ford moved ten points, and he made one of the great faux p pases in any debate. it doesn't have the effect that people think that it has. i think there are five things that make a difference. conventions matter a lot. the predicate, where you are in the summer beforehand, the kind of campaign you run and the kind of paid media you have. i think debates are probably fifth. >> boy, mike barnicle, i disagree with it. mark mckinnon disagrees w
. president obama went sightseeing at hoover dam. tonight they will face a lot of questions about the economy. >> i'm not interested in creating democratic or republican jobs. i'm interested in creating american jobs. >> reporter: tonight's debate will feature six 15-minute segments, the first three devoted entirely to the economy. >> there doesn't seem to be a whole lot of opportunity. >> reporter: john quinn is one of those people who will be paying close attention to those first 45 minutes of the debate. he is about to lose his apartment after being unemployed for four months. >> i'm a college graduate. i had a steady career in telecom for over 12 years. i continuelook for work seven days a week actually. it is the hardest unpaid job i have ever had. >> reporter: he wants to know what president obama and mitt romney will do for people like him. >> there's a lot of people who have been out of work for a long time who are not satisfied with the status quo with either party the way it is working. >> reporter: the final segments of the debate will focus on healthcare. >> i want to repeal obama
now -- the sight of tonight's debate. it's great to have you here. showing president obama losing support with women voters. why do you think that might be the the case there? >> i think that women voters are looking at mitt romney's policies and they're realizing that they're not good for women. economic policies. the health care policies. family planning. in florida, of course, medicare's a big issue. women really want to look at candidates that are going to support issues that help women and families and that's what's going on. i think in florida and around the country. >> but do you think because the pol polling is is showing the president is losing support -- that he has been campaigning op are not good for women? >> oh, well, i think that, i'm sorry, i misunderstood. i thought you said president obama was winning in florida. i still think that as women begin to look at the policies more and more, they will increasingly support the president as we're seeing in other states. in colorado, for example, where the debate will be held tonight, president obama has a healthy lead amo
has been told to push his buttons and teach romney how not to be testy and attack obama tonight. he wants to come off as likable. >> when did you arrive in denver? how heavy spent the day today? what have you seen? >> i arrived monday. the first thing i did was go to a rally here in denver with mitt romney. over the last day, i have been observing people in town for the debate. a lot of protesters. as i was walking into the debate, occupy wall street people. there were protesters outside romney's event. i was surprised in comparison to the debates for years ago. i covered john mccain. it seems there were not as many people outside protesting the debates. i do know if that has changed the q. what can you tell us about the governor's preparations -- -- >> what can you tell us about the governor's preparations? how has he -- what are your observations, what you know about his preparations? >> mitt romney is a candidate who has been open about the fact he is not like to do debate prep during the primaries. that may be hurt him a bit. he would sit around a conference room tables with his
to save his budget. tonight, obama campaign's senior adviser on mitt romney's fuzzy math. >>> devastating new poll numbers show mitt romney's secret video is crushing his campaign. >> i'll never convince them they should take personal responsibility. >> richard wolffe on how aggressive the president needs e to be on the 47% tape. >>> mitt romney's billionaire base is starting to lose their cool. >> we need leadership, not criticism. we need encouragement, not discouragement. >> e.j. deon on why billionaires who do so well under obama can't stand the president. >>> and democrats with a victory for voters in pennsylvania, but republican voter fraud is getting swept under the rug here in colorado. tonight the latest on the rnc's voter fraud scandal. >>> good to have you with us. thanks for watching. we're coming to you tr from denver, colorado. the first presidential debate one day away. this is the romney pre-game show. will mitt romney be held accountable for lies and distortions about president obama's record? we got a sneak preview of what happens when mitt romney is forced to tell the t
threat. some of the officers could potentially be disciplined. >>> president barack obama and mitt romney face off tonight in denver. the format will be a little different than past presidential debates. we will hear what issues will get special emphasis tonight. >>> all lanes are back open after a big accident at about he 10:30 last -- at about 10:30 last night. the man slammed into the suv and the other driver was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence. they shut down the area until they clear the scene. >>> three vehicles including an ambulance have been damaged since thursday. one driver even suffered some injuries when an object came crashing right through his windshield hitting his arm. all three incidents happened near g street, anybody with information is asked to call police. >>> the man accused of snatching a nine-year-old from a restroom in san mateo is facing new charges. they are tying the man to an incident that happened in march. he photographed a group of nine- year-old girls from underneath a restroom stall and is currently being held on felony kidnapping an
. this marks their 20th wedding anniversary. obama will be in the audience for tonight's debate in denver. on holding a belated anniversary celebration on saturday. the president's campaign asking supporters to sign an anniversary cards for the first couple. what the debate at 9:00 tonight on abc 7. at 11:00, political reporter have insightwill and analysis. biden, airsident joe 11 was approaching the airport and then the pilot had circle for about 35 minutes because of thunderstorms. then his return trip to andrews was forced to land at dulles airport and he motorcade back to the naval observatory because of the weather. issued to an alert children at west springfield high school. this comes after a female that she was home.ed john gonzalez joins us with this story.ing >> really disturbing. this is a warning for all especially those in west springfield. that alert went out to parents attending westen springfield. according to the washington student got in parking lot on night around 8:00. there were a number of after- school activities that night. she tells police that when she headed ho
on the new leadership change. >>> and next, washington and its debate tonight as romney and obama finally square off. we'll have a preview of what to expect and what's at stake with our very own democrat-republican panel. >>> and real estate is on the rise. we head to new york with founder barbara corcoran. mariano rajoy has denied reports that spain will request a bailout. the spanish prime minister joked that news agencies either knew more than he did or that they were, in fact, wrong. meanwhile, moody's rating agency said it will publish a review into spain's credit rating at some point this month. all spanish tax revenues have jumped significantly from precrisis levels due to a high incide incidents -- and seeking profits abroad as domestic demand wanes. just over $16.5 billion euros from corporate tax from the almost $45 billion collected in 2007. let's get out to julia in madrid. this was always going to be one of the challenges for the rajoy government to keep a handle on revenues as it tries to cut spending and increase taxes. >> reporter: absolutely. yes, he's announced the billi
. as president obama and mitt romney prepare for tonight's crucial debate, our brand new poll numbers show where they stand. >>> mid-air scare. another incident of loose seats on an american airlines flight, and now the company says it knows why. >>> and shock value. daredevil magician david blaine goes high voltage in his latest stunt. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good morning. i'm lynn berry. today we begin with a high stakes debate. all eyes turn to denver for tonight's first presidential debate of the 2012 race, and a new nbc news "wall street journal" poll shows president obama is holding on to his national lead, but not by much. 49% of likely voters favor the president while 46% prefer mitt romney. that's only a 3% edge for obama, which is within the survey's margin of error, but when it comes to a poll of registered voters the president widens his lead over romney to 7 points, 51% to 44. and, finally, four in ten surveyed now say the nation is headed in the right direction. that's the highest amount since june 2009. meanwhile, both candidates took a break from their d
: good evening, president obama and mitt romney meet here tonight on the stage behind me at the university of denver at the university of denver for their first debate. the stakes are high because 34 days before the election this race is still up for grabs. the latest poll of likely voters by the urinal shows the president with a 3-point lead over governor romney. 49% to 46%. but that's within the margin of error so it's very nearly a tie. the debate tonight is the first chance voters are going to have to size up the candidates side by side. we have a team of campaign 2012 correspondents covering the debate, but first, the candidates themselves. we caught up with the president and governor romney on the campaign trail. mr. president, the race as we speak is essentially tied. i wonder, do you think this is going to come down to the debates? >> well, i don't think that any single factor ends up making a big difference. i think the debates will matter to some undecided voters and to extent that we present a very clear choice for the american people hopefully we'll be able to
obama. but tonight he probably won't need any reminders. >> peter alexander, thanks. >>> now over to our political director and chief white house correspondent chuck todd also at that time venue tonight. chuck, what's the task for both sides, for both men? >> reporter: well, i can tell you that both campaigns view it this way. the candidate that's spent more time litigating the other guy's plans will feel as if they're winning. the campaign that feels like spending more time defending their own plans will feel like they're losing. one lesson that president obama and his campaign believe they've taken from president bush in 2004 is don't take this first debate lightly. that's why they prepared so much. and don't assume he's just going to sit back and, quote, sit on his lead. he's going to be a little more aggressive tonight than many people realize. as for mitt romney, don't be surprised if he tries to get libya in the conversation. yes, it's an economy debate, but he's got a big libya foreign policy speech that he'd like to do in the next couple of days. >> chuck todd part of our team th
, is that expected to be played up heavily tonight? >> i don't think the obama campaign doesn't think this will be a distraction, but perhaps this will be something that governor mitt romney will jump on at some point during the debate. it is interesting, the vice president made those comments yesterday while campaigning in north carolina. and right after that, the romney campaign jumped all over those remarks. in fact, they put together a conference call to draw attention to that. the obama campaign fighting back saying that's an act of desperation and what the vice president was talking about is that there was this climate over the last four years that were created by decisions that were made in the previous administration. and so, again, they don't see it as a distraction, but i wouldn't be surprised if it didn't come up tonight. >> all right, dan lothian, live for us in denver, a long day ahead of him. do appreciate that. thank you, dan. >>> those debates can be so incredibly grueling, but they are a veritable picnic compared to the actual preparation for the debate. the candidate
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